The Interactive Dude
HealthWorks! Kids’ Museum St. Louis is anchored by a 55-foot long, 25-foot wide, 8-foot tall human skeletal structure that serves as a universally accessible indoor playground. The Interactive Dude was designed in partnership with Unlimited Play, an organization devoted to ensuring that ALL children of all abilities have a place to play.
Through the support of Unlimited Play, the Interactive Dude allows for children with physical and developmental disabilities to feel comfortable playing and learning. The lights, sounds and materials used to build the structure were included to benefit children with unique sensory needs.
The Interactive Dude features a leg slide, a bone balance beam, and the ability to explore under the rib cage. Children can also play an electronic, memory-style healthy eating game that is attached to the digestive tract. Visitors can also walk inside the skull and learn about the different parts of the brain and their functions as the frontal, parietal, temporal and occipital lobes, the cerebellum and the brainstem all light up overhead. This structure further boasts an all-bout poop panel that features a passing gas sound effect (minus the odor), as well as informative displays about heart health and the harms of smoking.
The Interactive Dude was funded through a grant awarded to Unlimited Play by the St. Louis Office for Developmental Disabilities (DD Resources), whose mission is to ensure individuals with developmental disabilities in the City of St. Louis have quality services, choices and full inclusion. DD Resources serves St. Louis City residents diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, epilepsy and intellectual disability.